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Dear Parents

As another week comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on what a busy and successful year it has been, so far.
Our Year 6 pupils have celebrated success in gaining entry to a wide range of secondary schools, including awards of art and sports scholarships. This year we will see 58% of leavers moving on to Grammar Schools, 31% attending Independent Schools and 11% of children in Year 6 moving on to Upper Schools, Faith Schools or Out of County Schools.

Whilst we are very proud of all that our pupils achieve academically, it is my firm belief that education is not just about academic success and this year we have certainly celebrated a super range of achievements outside of the classroom as well.

Our pupils have competed in numerous regional and national competitions so far this year and have done fantastically well. As well as retaining sporting titles for the school, our sports teams have enjoyed a great many firsts this year, whilst our choirs have also enjoyed some exciting competitions. Please take a look at our full list of achievements so far this year, in the bulletin.

So how do we support pupils in achieving in such a wide variety of areas?

Our intent is to develop each child’s faith in their abilities at an early age, helping the children to build their self-confidence and the motivation needed to succeed in future challenges.

We also believe in providing children with a wide range of opportunities, to try new things, to develop their skills and to challenge themselves. Our broad curriculum allows children to discover their individual abilities, whilst our many clubs and extra-curricular activities help to develop the children’s talents, for example our squad clubs such as Squad Cricket and Girls and Boys Squad Athletics, focus on preparation for competitions, whilst on the musical side, our Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Chamber Choir enable the children to sing together, as a team.

From Year 3, children have the opportunity to play in fixtures and enter into regional tournaments with other independent schools, in a wide range of sports, as well as other areas such as general knowledge competitions, enabling children who aren’t as sporty to enjoy competing.

A very high number of pupils represent the school in sporting fixtures, at least once and this number has increased considerably this year, with an average of 89% of all pupils in Years 3 to 6 representing the school in one or more fixtures this Spring, compared to 60% last Spring. We are proud to have also raised the profile of girls’ games in recent months, as well as introducing hockey fixtures and establishing rugby in Year 3 and 4 games.
I believe that it is our dedicated team of staff who really enable pupils to succeed to the best of their abilities. The children are taught by specialist teachers who have real expertise in their area, be it art, sport, music or foreign languages and whose passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of their field, really inspires and engages the children, helping to bring their talents to such a high standard.

I’m sure you will agree that the children have done fantastically well to achieve so much this year. I would like to congratulate them all on their efforts, as well as thanking all of our staff and indeed parents, for supporting them every step of the way.

Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow at the Fun Day.

I hope you all have a lovely, sunny weekend.

Mrs La Farge

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